a gathering of the united nations. players from the sudan and germany are the leaders, but nobody embodies the appeal like yao ming. he introduced basketball in his home country, and announced he is retiring from the nba. >> ladies and gentlemen, welcome yao ming. >> he generated pride across china. but because of injuries, he has called an end t ohso his career. >> today, i have retired. as one door closes, another opens, and a new life is waiting. >> such was his stature. yao ming was always more than jus tt a player.